Modern Books and Manuscripts
The Modern period at Maggs begins around 1800. We have a fair sized general stock of literature, and can usually offer a good range of first editions by the Romantic poets, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, poets of the First World War, T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Evelyn Waugh, Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman and their contemporaries.
We are particularly keen on association material, and are effective cataloguers and sellers of literary archives.
BERLIOZ Hector.; HOPKINSON Cecil (1951)
A Bibliography of the Works of Hector Berlioz. 1803-1869Enquire
Illustrations. First edition, limited to 320 copies on Mellotex paper, 20 copies on Hodgkinson hand-made paper, this one of 2 copies printed for the author on Japanese Vellum, hors commerce. 4to., full green crushed morocco, lettered and ruled in gilt, gilt turn-ins, signed Zaehnsdorf, marbled paper pull-off case. Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Bibliographical Society.
LAWRENCE T.E (1919)
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H.H. AllenbyEnquire
[Edited by Harry Pirie-Gordon.] Illustrated with many maps. First edition. 4to., original printed wrappers, cloth spine. Cairo, Produced by Government Press and Survey of Egypt and Published by the Palestine News.
DICKENS Charles (1843)
A Christmas CarolEnquire
Third issue, hand coloured engraved frontispiece and 3 other hand coloured engraved plates, engravings in the text, title page printed in red and blue, small 8vo., half title, advert leaf, modern half red morocco gilt over faux antique red cloth boards, new endpapers, a.e.g., London, Chapman and Hall.
ASHENDENE PRESS (1935)
A Chronological list, with Prices, of the Forty Books printed at the Ashendene PressEnquire
Printed in red and black. "Printed for Private Circulation Only". Folio, 4 leaves, bound in original blue printed wrappers with small wood engraving on the front cover, uncut in a later blue cloth case with gilt lettering. Chelsea, The Ashendene Press.
BROCKMAN James.; GWASG GREGYNOG (1990)
A Descriptive Catalogue of Printing at Gregynog 1970-1990Enquire
One of 25 special bindings (this no. XIX being one of 5 bound by James Brockman to a design by Alan Wood). 4to., oriignal white and black morocco with a rectangular section of variously covered paper overlaid with translucent paper on both sides, black lettering on spine, white ruling on both sides and inner boards, in the original black cloth clam shell boxes with whit lettering on the spine. Newtown, Gwasg Gregynog.
REYNOLDS Sir Joshua (1779)
A Discourse, delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 10, 1778. By the PresidentEnquire
First edition. 4to., (pp.iv,1-38, advert leaf), stab holes where extracted from a nonce collection, sewn into 19th century brown paper wrappers, rebound in later quarter niger morocco over brown rough cloth boards, lettered in gilt, edges trimmed. London, Thomas Cadell, printer to the Royal Academy.
CANNING George.; GIFFORD John (1809)
A History of the Political Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt; including some account of the times in which he livedEnquire
6 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispieces to volumes one and two. First 8vo edition. 8vo., half titles, contemporary half calf, dark blue leather labels to the spine. London, Cadell and Davies.
FRY Elizabeth.; FREEMAN Henry (1828)
A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman, a Faithful Servant of Christ, compiled from her Diary and Letters by Henry FreemanEnquire
Second edition. 8vo., original maroon cloth, printed paper label to the spine, recently re-backed in red buckram, new endpapers, uncut. London, Darton and Harvey.
WOOD, Nicholas (1838)
A Practical Treatise on Railroads, and Interior Communication in GeneralEnquire
Containing Numerous Experiments on the Powers of the Improved Locomotive Engines: and Tables of the Comparitive Cost of Conveyance on Canals, Railways, and Turnpike Roads.
Third edition, with additions. 8vo. xxviii, 760pp, with 16pp of adverts. With thirteen fold out diagrams and four fold out tables along with the errata slip and further illustrations, diagrams, and tables throughout. Bound in dark green cloth, blind stamped with gilt title label on spine. Corners bumped, with tears to spine. Cloth slightly faded, and edges browned. London, Longman, 1838.
LAWRENCE T.E (1918. [i.e. 1919.])
A Short Note on the Design and Issue of Postage StampsEnquire
Prepared by the Survey of Egypt for His Highness Husein. Emir & Sherif of Mecca & King of the Hejaz. With a brief introduction, unsigned, but by Sir Henry MacMahon, and a long and detailed account of the technical and political history of the issue. Decorated title-page and frontispiece design incorporating a set of the postage stamp series; twelve colour plates of progressive proofs; two leaves of differently coloured proofs of the stamps loosely inserted, as issued. One of two hundred numbered copies, each with a manuscript colophon. 4to., original decorated paper boards, dust jacket. El-Qahira [Cairo], [Survey of Egypt and Government Press.]
CRUIKSHANK George ()
A Slice of Bread and Butter.Enquire
Cut by G. Cruikshank. Being the Substance of a speech delivered at a public meeting, held for the Benefit of the Jews and General Literary and Mechanics' Institution. With three wood-engravings after Cruikshank. 8vo., 16pp., first page serving as title page. London, Published by William Tweedie. No date,
LAWRENCE T.E (1936 and 1937)
A small archive of material from the papers of Lionel Curtis, relating to his address given at the dedication of the Oxford High School memorial to T.E. LawrenceEnquire
Including two Churchill TLS, an unrecorded Churchill ephemeron, and an unrecorded variant of the programme for the dedication. Various sizes, various dates, all
DICKENS Charles (1859)
A Tale of Two CitiesEnquire
First Edition. 8vo., later full red crushed Morocco by Bayntun's of Bath (signed Bayntun. Binder. Bath. Eng. on the front free endpaper,) with double gilt rules on upper and lower boards, spine in six compartments ruled in gilt and with corner ornaments in gilt, author and title lettered in gilt on green and panels respectively, t.e.g. London, Chapman and Hall.
A Treatise on Fishing for Herrings for Herrings, Cod, and Salmon; and or Curing, or Preserving them, as practised by the different nations of EuropeEnquire
First edition. One engraved plate depicting A Spawn Box for Breeding Fish. Pp. , xx, 144 plus 15. 8vo., old-style half calf over marbled boards by Aquarius, gilt morocco label on spine, marbled edges, a very good copy. Dublin, Graisberry & Campbell.
ACCUM, Fredrick (1820)
A Treatise on the Art of Making Wine from Native Fruits; exhibiting the chemical principles upon which the art of wine making depends; the fruits best adapted for home made wines and the method of preparing themEnquire
Hand-coloured engraved vignette of a wine press on title page. First edition. Pp. 92, plus 24 pages of articles and correspondence about and by Frederick Accum concerning his work on the adulteration of food and culinary poisons. Sm. 8vo., contemporary mottled paper covered boards, original printed paper spine label, slight fading at extremities, spine with some wear and small piece of later marbled paper stuck down, still a rather handsome copy. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown.